Don’t let aches, pains and injury put an end to your snow season!

Tuesday 10th January 2017

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The skiers and boarders amongst us want to make the most of the white stuff in what never feels like a long enough snow season!

Skiing and boarding involves the use of a different set of muscles than you use for most other types of cardiovascular exercise so it’s important to prepare your body for the slopes before hand, and it will be worth it in the long run because you’ll perform better!

There are a number of biomechanical factors that can cause aches and pains while you are skiing and you are most likely to feel them in your knees, back, ankles and feet. Improving the way you position yourself on your skis or snowboard will help you to stay in control of them.

Our team at Augré Physiotherapy know how to get you fit and aligned for the slopes, teaching Physio Pilates – a form of exercise, suitable for all levels of fitness, that works on balancing and controlling movement.

Using the methods and teachings of Joseph Pilates we’ll help you focus on your core muscles so that you can build up your strength, posture and flexibility, leaving you feeling fitter and stronger for all those runs.

Every movement is done slowly, focusing on concentration, breathing, control, centering, precision and flow of movement.

We offer a tailored programme of exercises to enhance your performance and help you prevent injury and we’ll show you how to practice the exercises at home too.

You can also do this simple exercise to correct your skiing alignment before your trip:

Stand up straight in front of the mirror with your feet parallel and hip width apart like you would if you were clipped in to your skis.
Bend your knees and draw an imaginary line from the middle of your knee cap straight down to your second or third toe.
Make sure your knees are facing straight and are not dropping inwards and this will help ensure your skis stay completely flat.
Keep practicing bending and straightening your knees in the correct position until it becomes second nature.

If you are a boarder, your knees should always be pointing in the same direction as your feet and remember not to sit down too deeply. Practicing some squats will help train your glutes to do the hard work and take the strain off your kneecaps and tendons.

If your fitness isn’t your problem though and you’ve wiped-out and injured yourself on the piste, we can help get you back in action and on those slopes much quicker than you’d think.

We often see people hobbling home with ACL ruptures; knees swollen and painful and we see lots of cartilage tears. Skiers tend to put their arms out to break a fall, so we also see lots of dislocations and sprains and a fractured wrist is one of the most common snowboard injuries.

We treat all musculoskeletal conditions but specialise in knee and shoulder injuries and work closely with two top UK consultants, teaming up with them in surgery and as part of your post-operative care to help get you back on your feet.

Professor David Barrett is an expert at a new minimally invasive procedure that is proving to be a good alternative to a total knee replacement and has a much faster healing time.

Professor Barrett said: "Partial knee resurfacing of either the inner or outer part of the knee has led to a vast improvement in patient’s activity following surgery.

"The ability to resurface just part of the knee with all ligaments intact as well as the native knee structures, means our patients now return to activity that previously would not have been possible with standard knee replacement.

"Our patients now routinely return to skiing, horse riding and tennis. The major part of the recovery is completed within six weeks. The preservation of most of the knee structures means that the procedure is not as painful and the rehabilitation up to three times more rapid."

Don’t let aches, pains and injury put an end to your snow season!

 

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